Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Curtis Moffat

Happy Hallowe'en! And, something spooky for the day, too. Shown here is a photograph of a dragonfly by Curtis Moffat, part of an exhibition of his work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Moffat "... created dynamic abstract photographs, innovative colour still lives and some of the most glamorous society portraits of the early 20th century. He was also a pivotal figure in Modernist interior design." The photo here shows the influence of his collaboration with Man Ray in Paris in 1923, producing portraits and abstract ‘photograms’, or 'Rayographs’. The exhibition runs until January 13 2008.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Street Camouflage

Quirky story by Martin Fackler in last week's New York Times about the work of Aya Tsukioka, a 29-year-old experimental fashion designer, who is working on a line of street camouflage clothing, such as a skirt panel that unfolds into an actual-size photo of a vending machine, allowing a woman walking alone to elude pursuers by hiding behind it. Ms. Tsukioka is developing several versions, "...including one that unfolds from a kimono and a deluxe model with four sides (shown here at left) for more complete camouflaging." Read the article here.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Rock n Roll Hellbender!

My brother Greg's amazing band The Bible All-Stars will be opening for Ladymilk and Good2Go tomorrow (October 27) at Irene's Pub (885 Bank St. in the Glebe) in a special Hallowe'en treat: a Rock n Roll Hellbender! Dressing up in costume is encouraged. Love the poster for the show, too ... I'll post a credit for who designed it once I find out.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

A Minor History of Giant Spheres

Joshua Foer has another fascinating article in his series "A Minor History of..." for Cabinet Magazine. This time it's giant spheres. Have a look here. Shown at left is visionary French architect √Čtienne-Louis Boull√©e's 1784 Cenotaph design for Newton, "...a giant sphere punctured by holes that create the illusion of suspended stars".

Monday, October 22, 2007


Textile designer Kirsten Hecktermann also designs these beautiful spoons, hand carved from local managed hardwoods from East Africa (mainly mvule wood). I think I'd be more inclined to put these on the wall rather than using them in the kitchen. Via the lovely blog hoping for happy accidents.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Zombie Embroidery

Rachel (a.k.a. Average Jane Crafter) writes on her blog: "I'm a big fan of Floresita - I love her amazing embroidery and her incredible generosity to scan, clean up and post vintage transfers for folks to use. One of those transfers struck me when she posted it ... and not in a good way. The Workbasket Jitterbug Girl always seemed a little creepy to me. Something about her face ... that smile ... those somewhat vacant eyes. On the surface, she seemed like a clean-cut, wholesome gal, but I saw her true identity underneath those carefully placed dimples.

And so she became ... Zombie Jitterbug Girl."

I for one salute Average Jane Crafter for her truly inspired makeover. Via Boing Boing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Animal Scales

Something fun to cheer up your bathroom, courtesy of Angry Retail: animal weighing scales. Step on it and see what animal you weigh. Via Swiss Miss.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Bookshelf: Seven Hundred Penguins

This looks like an interesting read: Seven Hundred Penguins, from Penguin Books. The blurb describes it as "(a) collection of Penguin covers ... represent(ing) the personal favourites of Penguin staff from offices all over the world, and run from Penguin's birth in 1935 to the end of the twentieth century." Check out the Amazon UK site for a peek inside.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Groovy Designers

Love this photo that Victoria posted on her sfgirlbybay blog, from a 1961 Playboy article called Designs for Living. Posed with chairs of their own design are (from left to right) George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia, Charles Eames and Jens Risom. So cool.

P. S. My apologies for not posting lately, but my Mac had a meltdown on Tuesday, and was in the shop for repairs...all is well now.

Monday, October 08, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a cool and grey Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada, but this inviting photo of pumpkin pie by Brooklyn-based photographer Jennifer Causey (discovered via her Flickr photo blog) makes the day feel that much warmer. Jennifer also sells prints of her beautiful photos on Be sure to have a look--it's truly lovely work.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies

Drawger has a fun show going right now: The Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies. Looking at the objects on display, I've just realized that I still have some of this stuff around, like the green ellipse shown at left. Huh. My studio is also a museum ... Via Swiss Miss.

Monday, October 01, 2007

The Deep

The deep ocean (below 650 feet) is teeming with mysterious creatures still to be discovered (it's been estimated that 50 percent to 90 percent of the animals hauled up from the deep are unknown). From the Smithsonian Magazine website: "A new book, The Deep (The University of Chicago Press), by French documentary film producer Claire Nouvian, may be the most comprehensive look at this mysterious world that we surface dwellers will get for a long time. The more than 200 photographs—most taken by scientists from submersibles and ROVs, some shot for the book—show just how head-shakingly bizarre life can be." Extraordinary creatures that look like a surrealist's dream. Read the rest of the Smithsonian article here. (photo MBARI)
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